Olivia Colman gets royal honor ahead of her debut in ‘The Crown’

LONDON (AP) — Academy Award-winning actress Olivia Colman has been honored by Queen Elizabeth II – the monarch she is about to play on the Netflix royal family TV drama “The Crown.”

Colman was named a Commander of the Order of the British Empire, or CBE, in the annual Queen’s Birthday Honors list.

The performer won a best-actress Oscar this year for playing 18th-century monarch Queen Anne in “The Favorite.” She plays Elizabeth in the upcoming third season of “The Crown,” which is currently in production.

Colman said she was “totally thrilled, delighted and humbled” by the honor.

The queen also made singer-songwriter Elvis Costello, 64, an Officer of the Order of the British Empire, or OBE – an honor far from his roots in Britain’s punk and new wave scene during the 1970s.

In a website post entitled “In Her Majesty’s Secret Service,” Costello said he spoke with his mother before deciding to put aside “old doubts and enmities” about the crown and his country’s past as the British Empire and “muster what little grace I possess” to accept the honor from the 93-year-old monarch Friday.

It was a task Costello made more palatable by dedicating the award to his grandfathers, who fought “for King and Country” during World War I, “and because my Mam told me to do it.

“To be honest, I’m pretty tickled to receive this acknowledgement for my ‘Services To Music’ as it confirms my long held suspicion nobody really listens to the words in songs or the outcome might have been somewhat different,” Costello wrote.

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